Back to Sewing!
Posted on Saturday the 9th November 2019 by That's Sew Amy
Hello everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged but I have a really good excuse – I’m pregnant! My energy this time around has been incredibly low and I just wanted to lay on the couch, sleep 24/7 or puke daily. It was pretty hard to find motivation to sew (or even function) during that time frame. But now I’m out of the first trimester and feeling more human, so it’s back to sewing for me! I actually made this dress before I was pregnant but luckily the fabric is stretchy and accommodates for my growing belly. I’m 20 weeks along in these photos.
This is the Madrid Maxi Dress* from Peekaboo Patterns. The pattern is for knits and comes with a crazy amount of options. Sleeved, sleeveless, natural waist, empire waist, different back scoops and many skirt options with various lengths. It also offers nursing access and pockets. I’m obsessed with putting pockets into everything I make. If you’re not familiar with Peekaboo Patterns, their patterns are PDF, have very detailed directions with photos and many different options. They offer sizes XXS-XXXL. They are one of my favorite indie pattern companies.
At the time of making this (like I said it was before pregnancy) my measurements were 36-30-39. This put me exactly into a size Medium. In this photo I’m 37.5-38-41 and it still fits really great. I think it’s the fabric I choose – more on that in a minute. I made the sleeveless option, unlined, natural waist, scoop back, a-line skirt and knee length but I did end up cutting 3? off the bottom. I also added pockets. I have plans to make a long sleeved gathered skirt option in knee length for pregnancy wear. I think I might also add in the nursing option, just for convenience after I have the baby. I’m due in March, so by May I might be making a cute maxi for the summer.
The jersey fabric I picked is a very stretchy light-weight viscose jersey. The fabric breaths well and drapes beautifully. I am obsessed with this print because the colors are just gorgeous. I’m amazed that the fabric fits so comfortably over my pregnant belly and I can still wear this dress. Probably would have been smarter if I had made the empire waistline but oh well. This fabric would also be great for tops and flowy skirt separates. I did pre-wash and dry the fabric on hot and there wasn’t any fading. The fabric feels like a ITY, so very slinky and soft. It was easy to work with as I used the serger for almost everything. I have a little bit leftover since I did the sleeveless option and I’m thinking the new baby girl needs a pair of leggings and hopefully a bow. I think it will be a nice change from pink – give her a pop of color! Plus, newborn and infant sizing takes barely any fabric at all – SCORE!
Overall, great pattern and lovely fabric. Too bad it’s going to be winter but I’ll dress it up with a cardigan and tights!